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Caesalpinia pulcherrima (Peacock flower)

Caesalpinia pulcherrima

Botanical Name:    Caesalpinia pulcherrima

Common Name(s):    Peacock flower

Family:    Fabaceae

Genus:    Caesalpinia

Species:    Pulcherrima

Plant Type:    Shrub or Small tree

Height:    10.00 to 20.00 feet

Spread:    6.00 to 12.00 feet

Bloom Time:    Blooms all year

Bloom Color(s):    Yellow, Orange, Red

Leaves:    Evergreen

Range:    Tropical America


Caesalpinia pulcherrima (Pride of Barbados, Red Bird of Paradise, Dwarf Poinciana, Peacock Flower) is a species of flowering plant in the pea family. It is native to tropical America. It is a fast-growing upright shrub or small tree that grows to 4-8 ft. (1.2-2.4 m) tall by 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m) wide. The leaves are bipinnate, 12-26 cm long, bearing 4-8 pairs of pinnae, each with 7-11 pairs of leaflets 1–2 cm long and 4–8 mm broad, oblong or obovate. The flowers are borne in racemes up to 25 cm long, each flower with five yellow, orange or red petals. Grow in full sun or part shade and medium moisture, fertile, well drained soils.

How to Grow

Sun:    Full sun

Water:    Medium

Soil:    Fertile, Well drained soils.

Propagation:    Seed